Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

June 27, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Internal funding announcement: OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The OVPR will accept proposals this fall for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  The program provides approved departments with support for postdoctoral positions intended to enhance and expand the research capacity of current Baylor faculty members.

Applications may be submitted by the chair of any Ph.D.-granting department.  Preference is given to collaborative proposals which allow a single postdoctoral position to be shared by faculty in multiple departments or colleges/schools.

Initial awards are made for a 12-month appointment (June-May), with a second year of funding possible for successful fellows.

Proposals to the program are due by noon on Oct. 2, 2013. Click here for more information and application instructions.

June 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces application dates for FY 2015 internal grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced the application deadlines to apply for funding for internal grant programs in the 2015 fiscal year. FY 2015 funding is available for projects which take place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply for the Faculty Research Investment Program (FRIP), Young Investigator Development Program (YIDP) and Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program is Feb. 5, 2014 at noon.

Proposals to the University Research Committee Small and Mid-Range grant programs are due on Feb. 19, 2014 at noon.

To be accepted for consideration, proposals must be complete (including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean) no later than noon on the applicable deadline.

Proposals to the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program are considered throughout the year and may be submitted at any time.

Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about the grant programs.  To begin the application process, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator.

June 24, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Internal grant call for proposals: University Research Committee announces special fall competition

The University Research Committee will accept proposals this fall for a second round of FY 2014 funding. Proposals may be submitted in either the small (up to $4,500) or mid-range (up to $7,500) categories for projects to be completed by May 31, 2014 — the end of the 2014 fiscal year (please note that a fall round of funding will not necessarily be available in future years).

All standard URC grant guidelines will apply to the fall round, including the leveraging requirement for mid-range grants and the per-investigator limit of four URC awards or $10,000 of total URC funding in a five-year period.  Additionally, faculty who have already received FY 2014 funding from the URC are ineligible to apply for the fall round. Faculty who applied for funding but were declined are encouraged to revise their proposals and consider re-submission.

The deadline to apply for fall URC grants is Oct. 23, 2013 at noon.  To be considered for funding, proposals must be complete, including electronic routing and approval from the investigator’s chair and dean, by the deadline.  The anticipated start date for funded proposals is Dec. 16, 2013.  Funds from this round must be expended by May 31, 2014.

Click here for more information on the URC grant programs, or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions.

June 21, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Conflict of interest regulations promote transparency and objectivity in health research

The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has amended its financial Conflict of Interest (COI) regulations aimed at eliminating real or perceived conflicts of interest on the part of investigators who receive funding to conduct health research.

The policy changes the way investigators and institutions must disclose potential conflicts of interest, and mandates COI training for all investigators prior to submission of a proposal to any PHS agency.

The new regulations apply to research funded by or proposed to any PHS agency (PHS agencies include: NIH, SAMHSA, AHRQ, ATSDR, CDC, FDA, HRSA and IHS). Researchers funded by non-PHS agencies are governed by the COI policies specific to their funding agency. Contact OSP for more information.

Baylor provides the required training through our existing CITI online compliance training package. Visit the Conflicts of Interest in Research website to learn more and to access the required training

June 20, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Undergraduate research propels Baylor engineering student to graduate school

Baylor has a long-standing commitment to prepare its students for leadership and service in their chosen fields.  For students who aspire to careers in science and technology, participating in independent research under faculty mentorship can be a key component of that preparation. Morgan Goodwin, who received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Baylor this May, says that participating in undergraduate research helped her take the next step toward achieving her career goals.

Morgan Goodwin presents her research poster at the 2013 URSA Scholars Week.

During her time at Baylor, Goodwin worked with Dr. David Jack, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.  Under Jack’s mentorship, Goodwin worked to develop and improve theoretical and mathematical models to predict the strength of polymer materials like PVC, a topic area that she says interested her because of the possibilities of developing real solutions to tangible engineering problems.

Goodwin presented a research poster at the 2013 URSA Scholars Week and later successfully defended an honors thesis based on her work.  She will begin graduate school in engineering at Duke University in the fall, and says the experience of participating in research helped her to stand out from the crowd when she applied to graduate programs.

“I was accepted to every graduate school I applied to, and my research background was key,” she says.  “Not many undergraduates have that kind of experience, so it definitely made me more competitive.”

June 18, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Limited submission funding opportunity: NEH Summer Stipends

Through its Summer Stipends program, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports individuals pursuing advanced research of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly materials. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars and support continuous, full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months during summer 2014.

Organizations are limited in the number of proposals they may submit to the NEH, so the OVPR holds an internal competition to determine which Baylor applications will go forward. Internal letters of intent are due to the OVPR by Aug. 15, 2013. Full proposals for the selected projects are due to the NEH by Sept. 26, 2013.

For more information and application instructions for the internal competition, click here to visit the OVPR website. You may also click here to view information about the program from the NEH.

June 17, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Technology Business Briefing at the Greater Waco Chamber

The Greater Waco Chamber invites anyone with an interest in growing the region’s technology sector to join the next bi-monthly Technology Business Briefing, organized by the Chamber’s economic development team.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Greater Waco Chamber
101 S. 3rd St.

To RSVP for this event, click the image above or call (254) 757-5636.

June 13, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Budget act brings additional review criteria to NSF political science program

This spring, the U.S. congress passed a continuing budget resolution which contained an amendment that limits the circumstances under which the National Science Foundation’s political science program can provide research funding.  Under the new policy, the program cannot provide research funding unless the NSF director certifies that the research promotes national security or the economic interests of the United States.

In response to the new requirement, the NSF issued a notice outlining a modification to the review criteria used to evaluate proposals to the political science program.  In addition to providing feedback on proposals’ intellectual merit and broader impacts, reviewers will now be asked to provide feedback on the extent to which the proposed research promotes the nation’s security or economic interests.  The changes currently only apply to proposals for FY 2013, but extension of the new requirement is a possibility.

Click here to read the NSF notice on the new requirements. Investigators are also encouraged to visit the NSF’s political science program home page for future updates.

June 11, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

L-3 Platform Integration to become BRIC’s first industrial tenant

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to welcome L-3 Platform Integration as the first industrial partner to lease space in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) discovery park. L-3 Platform Integration has signed a lease to occupy 3,200 square feet of space, which they’ll staff with engineers who are already collaborating with Baylor faculty on advanced research.

L-3 sponsors two research projects in collaboration with Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. The first project, which has been ongoing for more than two years, involves developing processes for testing and analyzing advanced composite materials for use in aerospace applications. The second project is focused on advanced technologies for aircraft communication systems.

Click here to read the Baylor press release announcing the lease agreement, or click here to read an article about the partnership in the June 10 edition of the Waco Tribune-Herald. More information about the BRIC is also available on the new BRIC website.

Previously in Research Tracks: More on the BRIC in the 2012/2013 Research magazine.

June 10, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming Event: Baylor Engineering & Research Seminars

Demonstration of a Power Conditioning System for Grid-connected Fuel Cell Power Plant

Part of the “E-BEARS” series presented by Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.

A research seminar presented by Guiying Wu, a graduate student in the department of electrical & computer engineering

Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 AM

Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, room 302